German police check more German police after Potsdam explosive package

Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) – German police on Monday investigated further suspicious mail packages found around the country as they tried to catch an extortionist who sent a defective parcel bomb to a pharmacy in the city of Potsdam last week.

That package, which contained powerful firecrackers, wires and nails and did not explode, was found to be a criminal extortion attempt against logistics firm DHL rather than “terrorism,” German authorities said on Sunday.

DHL, owned by Deutsche Post, warned its clients on Monday that other suspect packages could arrive through its service among millions of parcels sent in the holiday season.

The company said it would not change its postal secrecy principle to control the content of packages.

More suspicious packages were reported to authorities around Germany – one, which German media suspected contained a grenade, was sent to the state chancellery in the eastern region of Thuringia but police found only rolled-up catalogues inside it.

Police in the eastern state of Brandenburg, where Potsdam is located, said they checked 10 suspicious packages on Monday but gave the all-clear for all of those parcels.

The police said a special team investigating the Potsdam pharmacy package was doubled to over 50 officials and they were searching for the extortionist.

Reporting by Riham Alkousaa; editing by Mark Heinrich

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Extortion, not terrorism behind Potsdam explosive package

A suspicious package with wires and nails that was delivered to an address near a Christmas market in the German city of Potsdam on Friday was “an act of extortion” rather than “terrorism,” according to Reuters, citing local authorities. The package had been used as an attempt to extort money from the DHL company, which delivered it, the interior minister of the state of Brandenburg, Karl-Heinz Schroeter, told a news conference Sunday. A barcode inside the package contained the extortion letter, Brandenburg police chief Hans-Juergen Moerke said, with the senders having threatened to dispatch more dangerous packages if DHL refused to pay them. Police are now searching for those who sent it, adding that it was highly likely that the package could have exploded. The logistics company has warned its clients not to open packages originating from unknown or suspicious addresses.

https://www.rt.com/newsline/411813-extortion-not-terrorism-behind-potsdam/

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One Response to “German police check more German police after Potsdam explosive package”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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